China urges Pakistani parties to settle CPEC differences

Published: January 10, 2016
Pakistan-China Economic Corridor PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan-China Economic Corridor PHOTO: FILE

Pakistani commuters wait to travel through a newly built tunnel in northern Pakistan's Gojal Valley. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan-China Economic Corridor PHOTO: FILE

With the government, its allies and opposition parties at loggerheads over alleged changes in the route of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad broke its silence on the project on Saturday and urged all quarters to resolve their differences.

“China hopes that the relevant parties in Pakistan could strengthen communication and coordination on the CPEC to create favourable conditions for the project,” the embassy said in a statement.

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Asked to comment on recent developments on the $46 billion project, the embassy spokesperson said, “The CPEC is the consensus reached between China and Pakistan, and has won popular support from the two peoples. The CPEC faces Pakistan as a whole, and will bring development and benefits to the people of Pakistan.”

The spokesperson added that China was “ready to work with the Pakistani side to actively promote construction of CPEC projects, and bring tangible benefits to the peoples of the two countries”.

A two-member delegation of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf comprising former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and MNA Dr Shireen Mazari met the Chinese ambassador on Friday. Sharing details of his meeting, Qureshi told The Express Tribune that “we gave an assurance to the ambassador that we don’t have any issue with China and we are in favour of the CPEC”.

“We also assured that we will not do any politics on this project and will support its completion,” he said. “[But] we have reasonable doubts about the federal government. The PML-N government is not taking us into confidence on many issues,” he added.

Qureshi said it was pledged in an all parties’ conference (APC) that the western route would be completed first. He accused the government of retreating from this pledge. “Building just the road is not enough. Our demand for work on the western route includes development of infrastructure, rail tracks, fiber optics, LNG and uninterrupted supply of electricity,” he added.

Opposition parties are demanding the government take them into confidence while addressing their concerns on the government’s plan to execute the CPEC. During the recent session of parliament, not a single day passed without opposition parties’ protesting against the government’s approach on the CPEC.

Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressing reservations on projects related to the CPEC and called the initiatives taken on the project ‘Punjab-centric’. He asked the premier to adhere to the decisions reached at the APC held over the project in May last year.

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Qureshi said both opposition parties and PML-N allies were opposing the government’s approach on the CPEC. “We have doubts on the transparency. The government is not sharing with us details. We want to know the names of the companies involved with this project,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Ex PTI Supporter
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:18AM

    This is exactly what this misled hypocrite party wanted. create enough confusion so that this country is never developed. Never voting for this country wide anarchist party!Recommend

  • YAs
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:19AM

    Thanks to PTI for bringing this to us and making this project Kalabagh damRecommend

  • AD
    Jan 10, 2016 - 10:57AM

    China has just started ” East India company” in Pakistan. Soon you will have a Chinese viceroy.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:32AM

    Now China is going to interfere in our internal matters? Amazing. I am sure some people are quiet happy to be anyone’s stooges for the minimal commission at the cost of national sovereignty.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:07PM

    China is wondering what to make of the mess it has got into. Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:14PM

    These political parties are the main cause of problems in Pakistan.
    PTI, MqM, PPP and PML N all part of agenda to derail Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:55PM

    @AD … were you in deep slumber in some time machine ? Get out of 18th century and welcome to globalization. The corporates are already around the globe including in your country – India.Recommend

  • jojo
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:01PM

    PML N deliberately government making it controversial by not following same practices in making western route as they are doing on eastern route, they are doing it for there vote bank instead of in the better int rest of Pakistan, this is the most incompetent government we have ever seen in years..Recommend

  • rex mlnor
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Those who support Chinese friendship should know that the Chinese management will not hesitate to talk direct with the province political leadership in town hall meetings to explain project details and incorporate the necessary changes required to accommodate locals. This has been their methodology for all non military programs in foreign countries.

    Rex minorRecommend

  • Hilmi
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:27PM

    It’s not surprising at all. From day one I suspected that infighting would kill this project. Every politician is standing with his hand out. They all want a slice of the pie. The Chinese should think about how they can exit this mess with minimum loss of time, money and reputation.Recommend

  • Curious
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:05PM

    Thanks to the opposition parties who voiced first time for the suppressed population in Pakistan. China should realize that so far it is Punjab China corridor and should decide whether they want “P” for Punjab or Pakistan.Recommend

  • KPK
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:34PM

    Shame on Khattak and PTI for trying their level best of sabotage this project
    If this project becomes another kalabag we the people of KPK won’t forgive PTIRecommend

  • SKChadha
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:37PM

    Chinky’s eyes are opened … :-)Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 6:42PM

    How can China interfere in our internal affairs?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:46PM


    Soon you will have a Chinese viceroy.

    Already have it. Chinese Ambassador is giving “advise” on how parties need to behave.

    Chinese Embassy in Islamabad broke its
    silence on the project on Saturday and
    urged all quarters to resolve their


  • Jan 11, 2016 - 12:21AM

    National Sovereignty – Chinese Viceroy – East India Company – we deserve to be ruled and controlled internally. This is a meme of our national culture to never speak the truth to others. Holding the cards close to our chest and accuse others of being a National Security threat. It will be least surprising if interference increases or China patches up elsewhere. SalamsRecommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 11, 2016 - 3:15AM

    PML N will not allow any one about CPEC cause a lot of kickbacks which PML N don’t want to share with other parties all they want to spend in Lahore that’s a Pakistan for PML N Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 11, 2016 - 6:26AM

    This is just the beginning. Just wait and watch how China dictates to all and sundry in Pakistan what they should be doing in lieu of the CPEC. First the US, then the Saudis now it’s China – different paymasters at different times in history.Recommend

  • Karim- Karasho
    Jan 11, 2016 - 1:33PM

    I am from Gigit Baltistan. Where my our say in this project?Recommend

  • naseer
    Jan 11, 2016 - 5:25PM

    Pak China corridors plan and reality must be put on the table PML.N should explain all the project plan which is designed for western rout original it is not only pml,n right every body of Pakistan have same right the fatta ,baluchistan and kpk is the most back ward area will be developed by western rout which is short 600 km from other rout unfortunately pml.n give every thing to that area which are already developed as compare to fatta, baluchistan and kpk these area have no investment so this way there people already destroyed from terrorist and bomb blasting if the pml.n not give these things so it will cannot be make for other also ……….Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 11, 2016 - 11:19PM

    It is really amusing to see the Indian trolls here jumping around with the happy news that the Chinese want the Pakistanis to settle this nicely. Indian hate towards Pakistan knows no limits. When Sri Lanka rejected the C grade Tejas, Indian FO tried to make up for Indian inefficiency by trying to pressuring the much smaller neighbour with consequences. We never mind the Indians selling their dysfunctional military hardware to Afghanistan. But the Indians sure raise hue and cry with Russia when the latter announce they want to sell Pakistan aircraft/helos. Now this.
    14 August 1947: a reality our big eastern neighbour with a small heart can never get over!

  • syed & syed
    Feb 22, 2016 - 4:04AM

    @AD:Sooner the better. The politicians and rulers are here to make money Recommend

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